Social Evaluation of Regeneration

School of Architecture, University of Reading, United Kingdom

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Prof. Flora Samuel


Prof. Lorraine Farrelly, School of Architecture, University of Reading, UK

Dr. Jean-Christophe Dissart, Université Grenoble Alpes, Laboratoire Pacte, Grenoble, France


Clarion, United Kingdom

Institute for Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Université Grenoble Alpes, Laboratoire Pacte, Grenoble, France

Research project

The aim of this project is to develop a methodology for the evaluation of a large housing regeneration scheme that takes into account the impact on residents and to implement and test the methodology in the field as a basis for future housing regeneration. There is growing recognition across industry of the importance of Post Occupancy Evaluation, not just in terms of energy and environmental performance but also in terms of social value, the focus of this project. The project will build on existing methods in participatory design and is likely to involve extensive community consultation.

The researcher will develop an in-depth knowledge of Post Occupancy Evaluation, the measuring and mapping of social value as well as techniques for working with communities to co-create knowledge. S/he will develop important skills in translating knowledge across industry and academic boundaries.

->To conduct an individual research project, interlinked with the other ESRs projects, focusing on:
  • A cross-European literature review of post-occupancy evaluation with particular reference to the social value
  • The development of an evaluative framework for housing regeneration
  • Methodologies to analyse the impacts of housing design on people and communities from a quality of life perspective
  • Developing indicators for measuring and mapping the impacts of redevelopment on people and communities from a quality of life perspective
  • Developing a method to define the sphere of social influence of a particular development
  • Developing a definition of the communities and stakeholders influenced by a regeneration scheme
  • Involvement of residents in the evaluation process
  • A series of policy recommendations
->To participate in the network-wide activities (workshops, summer schools, conferences)
->To carry out the training required by the PhD programme of the host university.

As part of the individual research project, ESRs will carry out two secondments, each of 2 to 4 months, in the partner organisations.

ESRs are expected to have completed a doctoral thesis that can be defended at the host institution within or shortly thereafter the project lifetime.

Specific requirements
->Masters’ degree in Architecture, Planning, Civil Engineering, or equivalent
->Demonstrable awareness of industry and academic debates around the social value of housing
->Experience of community consultation
->Demonstrable enthusiasm for research methodology and methods in urban planning and architecture
->Excellent written, verbal and visual representation skills
->Knowledge of planning policy and the development industry in the UK and more broadly across Western Europe is desirable
Generic requirements

The candidates must fulfil the eligibility and mobility requirements of the Marie Curie ITN programme:

To be eligible for recruitment within an ITN project, you therefore must – at the date of recruitment – be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained, or in the country in which you are recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. You may therefore be required to provide documentation proving your eligibility for recruitment.
You are therefore required to undertake transnational mobility in order to be eligible for recruitment in an ITN project. As such, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where you have been recruited "for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date"5. Holidays are not counted. Your employer is required to verify this fact, therefore you may be required to provide supporting documentation proving your place(s) of residence or work during the previous 3 years. Note that the mobility rule applies only to your first recruitment within the project, and not to other organisations to which you might be sent on secondment or at which you may subsequently also be recruited. Finally, the mobility rule is related to your residence or main activity and not to your nationality.

Please find here more information about the requirements for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows in Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

About us

UREAD refers to the new industry focused School of Architecture at the University of Reading close to London UK and is part of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CACHE). The researcher will join the highly interdisciplinary Urban Living research group which spans across the School of Built Environment and has strong connections with Real Estate and Planning and the Business School within the University. UREAD was instrumental in leading on the Social Value Toolkit for Architecture and Pathways to Post Occupancy Evaluation, both published by the Royal Institute of British Architects and is therefore an industry leader in this area.


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions which include:

->a living allowance (4,571 Euros per month)
->a monthly mobility allowance (600 Euros per month)
->a family allowance (if applicable, 500 Euros per month)

These allowances are used to cover the gross salary, employers’ compulsory deductions and benefits for the three years of the Marie Curie programme. The living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the full-time researcher. The family allowance is an estimated average that will be adapted to the specific conditions of the hired researcher. All three subsidies are subject to the deduction of compulsory social security contributions and income taxes in accordance with the regulations applicable in the country of the host institution. At the end of the three-year contract any possible difference between the gross amounts paid and the amount to be paid according to the programme will be equalized.

Enrolment fees in the PhD programme of the host institution will be covered by the programme during the 36-month period.


Please use this form to provide the following information:

->personal data
->confirmation of compliance with the eligibility and mobility requirements

And the required documentation:

->letter of motivation (maximum 2 pages)
->CV in EUROPASS format
->certificate of English proficiency
->transcripts of your academic degrees (translated into English, by a sworn translator; including ranking of degree classification)
->a research proposal in line with the ESR project (maximum 6 pages), for each ESR project you would like to apply (maximum three)
->if applicable, a professional portfolio
->two reference letters

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PhD Programme at School of Architecture, University of Reading

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